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Awaken Online: Dominion

Auteur(s): Travis Bagwell
Narrateur(s): David Stifel
Durée: 27 h et 46 min
5 out of 5 stars (65 évaluations)

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Description

Following Jason's evolution into a Keeper, he finds his fledgling city once again in turmoil. A new and deadly enemy threatens the Twilight Throne - one that has no difficulty contending with Jason and the members of Original Sin.

Jason must work quickly to consolidate his city's power. That means securing the villages within the Twilight Throne's influence, finding a steady stream of income, and growing the city's military strength. Even as the group grapples with these changes, they notice that something is stirring up the native undead around the city, although the source of this strange influence is uncertain.

One thing is clear, however. Jason might have evolved, but his enemies have adapted with him. If the Twilight Throne is to survive, the group must grow stronger, and Jason must learn to control his newfound abilities.

Otherwise, the darkness may very well claim them all.

©2019 Travis Bagwell (P)2019 Travis Bagwell

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Simply Amazing

It's not often I root for the villain. Awaken Online is one of the best LitRpg I've read, and one of the only ones where the main protagonist is a necromancer. I highly recommend.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Christopher
  • 2019-05-16

Stressfully depressing...

That’s the best way I can describe this latest installment of AO. Bagwell abandons the main things I enjoyed about this series and wholeheartedly embraces the things that most put me off about it.

The thing I have liked most throughout this series is the sense of adventure and character development/progress that the author has woven through both worlds. The thing that makes you really feel like you’re taking a walk through another world and that anything might happen around the next corner.

The aspect that has threatened to put me off of this series throughout every book has been the overwrought hand-wringing and overdone, moral indecision that Bagwell beats away on like highest hippie in the drum circle... I don’t mind this aspect when it’s woven into the story subtly enough that you don’t want to just slap the character/author and start looking through your wishlist for another book on Audible.

Unfortunately, in spite of this book being 20+ hours long it feels like most of it is filled with a bunch of YA moaning a la... “Should I do the thing thing that I know I’m going to end up doing no matter what?” and, “Even though I had no choice or wasn’t even the one responsible for the situation, I just have to obsess over and over about how guilty I feel about the thing that I in fact was not responsible for but for which I irrationally insist on taking responsibility!” and on and on.

There is very little adventure here. Everything is unnecessarily drawn out and picked over until you just feel like you’re on edge and stressing along with the characters, but you don’t actually care about the outcome... for about 19 out of the 20 hours. Also, the bouncing from character to character device doesn’t have the same impact of dropping in big plot turns and “oh sh!t!, no he didn’t” information reveals. In spite of there being a big question about the nature of the world running through the whole installment, this book lacks the advancement of our knowledge of the world and the deeper facets of the workings of both the AI in the real world and the gods/power players in the online one.

In fact I feel like this whole book could have been condensed down to one of the x.5 side novellas and still have been a bit short on plot/character advancement.

That said, the book is (as always) well written and well edited. The narrator does the same fairly good job he’s done all along. However, I find the quirks of his own personal accent endlessly annoying and frequently jarring, but they’re no more or less present than in the rest of the series. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about here then just pay attention to how he pronounces the word “popcorn” throughout these books and try to tell me that it doesn’t bother you too).

In the end, I just hope this is a temporary dip in Bagwell’s otherwise engrossing and imaginative story telling, and that the next books get back on track with the immersive and exciting adventures and character development.

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  • Chris
  • 2019-08-14

5 Stars

As always, Travis Bagwell delivers in the Awaken Online series. This latest book fully lives up to its predecessors and continues the story well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-14

The Auther hates Jason

I mean, maybe I dont know. This book in the series was a roller coaster of good and bad moments for the characters and I absolutely loved it!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-06

Really disappointed

To be honest I'm really disappointed with this book. It feels like a first draft was published in a hurry. Full of cheesy one-liners and so many plot holes. I really enjoyed the story of the first two books, the third one was meh but still, the story was consistent. There were just too many coincidences. People just popping out everywhere and everything seemed rushed.

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  • Leslie
  • 2019-05-23

Real world drama

I enjoyed this, but the main story is less in AO than the others. The focus seems on the real world with AO a secondary story. The author works to balance this, so it is still a good book, but I’m reading for the in-game bits. I have enough real world angst without bonus angst from a book. I recommend continuing the series but hope the next isn’t so focused on the challenges outside the game. The teenage boy perspective begins to be one of those characters where the reader keeps thinking, duh, why would he do that? Overall a good book, but not as good as even the side quest books.

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  • Thaddeus Ryker
  • 2019-06-10

Interpersonal writing needs serious work

I generally enjoy the broader story that Bagwell comes up with and the imaginative ways in which the characters use magic in the books but the interpersonal writing kind of sucks. There is more melodrama in this book than a middle school packed with teens. The main characters come off more like a couple of angsty thirteen year olds than young adults. I found myself skipping ahead on countless occasions where the melodrama was just obnoxious. Also Bagwell tends to want to write out every emotion and every thought the characters have, telling you all about it, rather than letting a reader determine it from events. It's like he's trying to spoon feed you every bit of drama, which frankly is just boring and exasperating.
Many of the characters come off more like hollow caricatures than fleshed out individuals. Gloria reminds me of a Disney villain the way she acts (Cruella de Vil comes to mind). Also, for "smart" individuals, the main characters are incredibly stupid at times (such as leaving crucial items lying around in the street, though I could make a list of other events).
Then there is just the constant contrived events of bad stuff happening to the main characters, one after another as if they are the only people in the game getting repeatedly crapped on. I mean I get that these are the main characters and thus the primary focus of the book, but we are given 0 indication that any other players/cities in the world are getting screwed over, thus it sure feels like reality (as it were) has conspired to give them the shaft over and over again.
I really hope Bagwell's writing improves in all these respects, but I won't know, because I don't plan on spending any further money on his books.

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  • David R
  • 2019-05-24

Just Awful! What happened? WHY?

Ok, I have no Idea why the author ruined this series. If I wanted to read a 13 year old middle school romance novel and drama, I would be reading romance. This book (almost 28 hours long) is a good 15 hours of awful teen drama bad romance. Even the few chapters where the MC levels, he no longer actually plays as an RPG game, he doesn't even city build, he trains in a chamber with his love interest but the training is really just the setting during the entire time its still bitchy romance crap. O and he is a necromancer right?! Nope his units are crap and die so easy, he also gets nerfed so he can't build a skeletal army anymore (point of the entire book so far...) and now he is a melee dark sometimes I cast magic staff monk something or other... Yeah... 20 hours into the book, does he fight a single real enemy… Does he engage in a single real battle... Nope... Does he 20 hours in STILL drama about the girl and constantly whine worse (yes worse) than the twilight novels... YES... I had to set this book down so many times because the bitchy annoying complaining that sounds like it comes from a 13 year old cry baby OMG. I have 2 hours of this book left, If by the end of this book he is STILL bitching about the girl I will never read another book from this author again. So much for the epic LitRPG turned middle school romance series Awaken Online. If I could give this 0 stars for story I would.

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  • Jomar
  • 2019-08-03

inconsistent characters

Jason is so inconsistent it's infuriating. He's a genius when the plot calls for it but 90% of the time he's an unbearable idiot. I'm not referring to the dense romance part, I don't even need to comment about that. I'm talking about the entirety of the book.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • James Middleton
  • 2019-06-04

Too much trope

It fell victim to the annoying trope where drama is induced because characters refuse to talk like normal people/adults. So secrets build, and unnecessary drama is caused. There is enough going on in this book otherwise that this trope could, and should have, been avoided.

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  • Musicman93
  • 2019-05-14

Gripping

This book has been well written and is an excellent read. The plot is fast paced and the characters as real as they come. The most frustrating thing is how short sighted Jason can be. Though he is just a young adult so there's some leeway.

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